Apple co-founder buys a Tesla Motors Model S(Read article summary)
Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley luminary Steve Wozniak picked up his own Tesla Motors Model S electric luxury sedan Thursday. His Model S ownership isn't the only connection between Tesla Motors and Apple.
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The news came via a tweet from the man himself, noting that he and two other new owners were taking delivery of their cars at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.
The tech guru known as "Woz" had wanted a Model S electric car for some time. In an interview with ValueWalk earlier this year, Woz said he'd been dropping hints to his wife, hoping she'd get him a Model S for his birthday.
"Every day, I sent her articles about the Model S consistently," he said at the time, "I have for a couple of years."
Better than Prius?
With luck, Woz will like his Tesla Model S more than the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid he bought a few years ago.
Right in the midst of the Toyota unintended-acceleration debacle, Woz said that he had experienced that phenomenon in his own car.
However, Woz's Prius unintended acceleration may have just been the result of Toyota's unusual adaptive cruise control, and not a mechanical defect.
Toyota sent a technician to his home to look over the problem; nothing more was heard of the issue.
From Apple to Tesla
Woz's Model S ownership isn't the only connection between Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and Apple.
Blankenship brought the retail model to Tesla, creating the Tesla Stores that the company is using to challenge the model of conventional franchised dealerships--which has brought it legal battles in states like Texas.
[Hat tip: Brian Henderson]